History and Political Science, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Distinction in History, Pi Sigma Alpha Political Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society, J.D., 1982, University of Virginia School of Law, Order of the Coif, Research & Projects Editor, Virginia Law Review, 1981, 1982.
Activities: Bar Associations: Mecklenburg County Bar Association, Chair, Civil Litigation Section, 1993-1998
Activities: North Carolina Bar Association, Chair, AIDS Task Force
Activities: Member, North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, Board of Directors, 1992-1998, President, 1996-1997
Activities: General Assembly Task Force on the Rules of Civil Procedure, 1997-1998